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Sen. John Carlson of Bemidji explains his bill that would allow county governments to attempt innovative programs. Looking on is Beltrami County Administrator Tony Murphy. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Senate bill seeks to spur innovation

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ST. PAUL -- County officials say state government too often ties their hands, which costs taxpayers.

"Allow those who are working in the trenches to share ideas," Beltrami County Administrator Tony Murphy requested in a recent Senate committee meeting.

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Those ideas may not always match state bureaucrats' ideas of how things should be done, but they may be better, he said.

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